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as a knock of the democrat stewardship, if you will, of the post-9/11 security apparatus. it was countered after congress got a briefing from homeland security officials by california's dianne feinstein, another person here in washington, who's got heavy duty national security credentials. feinstein took the opposite view of mitch mcconnell, perhaps because she too is known somewhat as a partisan, though not as much as the republican. feinstein said, look, let's give credit where credit is due. there have been many, many, many plots against america, terrorist plots she said, and they have been foiled boy the fbi, by the cia, by the national security apparatus. and so her take on it was that boston, if it turns out to be something more than just a terrorist act by a lone individual, if it has some kind of anti-american ideology behind it, and we don't know that yet,
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that this would be an anomaly, says dianne feinstein. there was, though, jess, the biggest piece of news was reassuring here in washington today. not so much lawmakers going back and forth. they're frankly always scrambling for a little of the spotlight when there's a big event like boston. but the homeland security secretary, napolitano, said there's no indication that this boston plot is any bigger, no evidence, reassuring those in boston, here in washington and in the bay area that whatever happened in boston, at least federal officials believe, jess, is not spreading, not likely to be repeated, at least in the near term. back to you. >> okay, thanks so much, steve. the marathon brought dozens of runners from across the bay area to boston. among the athletes a martinez woman whose 11-year-old son was injured in the blast and is now recovering after emergency surgery. nbc bay area's jodi hernandez is live in martinez. jodi, you spoke with friends of the family? >> reporter: i did, janelle. everyone here is stunned and
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heart broken about what happened to this little boy. aaron and his family are well known here in martinez. his father is a high school football coach here, his mother is the former manager of the county's emergency alert system. their trip to boston was supposed to be a family adventure. instead it's turned into a nightmare. >> it's hard for me to wrap around this, to be truthful. >> reporter: katherine hern says the past day has been a whirlwind. her 11-year-old grandson, aaron, remains in intensive care in boston after getting hit by shrapnel yesterday as he waited to see his mother cross the finish line. >> they're just kind of stabilizing him and will go back in tomorrow and finish taking care of the shrapnel injury. >> she says hearn, his sister and parents traveled to boston for what was supposed to be a fun family trip, centered around rooting on aaron's mom
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accomplishing a lifetime goal. he was just six feet away from one of the blasts and was taken away by ambulance before his parents could process what had happened. >> after all that 26 miles, katherine ran, they had to walk from hospital to hospital to try to find aaron because they didn't know where he was. >> reporter: now his parents are by his side as he awaits a second surgery, while his schoolmates, teachers and friends in martinez wait and pray. >> i'd like aaron to know that we miss him and i hope that he is doing well and we're thinking of him every minute. >> reporter: aaron was so close to the blast his hair was actually singed by it. again, he remains in intensive care tonight. his grandmother plans to fly out to boston on thursday to be by his side. reporting live in martinez, i'm jodi hernandez, nbc bay area news. >> thank you so much, jodi. many of us were asked by our kids the kind of questions that can leave a parent really without words.
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we often feel powerless to answer their inquiries. the most important question, who would do this and why would someone do this and am i safe. coming up, frank talk about how you should be responding and it's advice for you, your family that could help you get a little comfort. we'll have it for you tonight at 6:00. we se to stay with nbc bay area for the latest on this terror in boston. of course you can stay up to date with the newest information on our website, 911 knocked out. tonight worries the vandalism could cause slower emergency response time in santa clara county. arturo santiago is live with the very latest. we've learned that the two cases are related. >> reporter: yes. santa clara county sheriff, lori smith, was out here just a few minutes ago and she says that at&t fiber optic lines being cut and gunshots being fired at a pg&e power substation do appear
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to be related. just after 1:00 this morning, a number of 911 systems went down, including gilroy. now, that gilroy 911 system is still down. their calls are being rerouted. the others are operational. three minutes later, phone systems for residents were reported to be down. at&t reported that manhole covers had been broken into and fiber optic wires had been cut. then just before 2:00 a.m., san jose police in in santa clara county sheriff's office received reports of gun shots. deputies checked out a residential area but didn't find anything. then just after 3:00 a.m., pg&e notified the sheriff's department that someone had broken through its fence, gained access to the substation and vandalized five transformers. the damage resulted in a hazardous materials leak into the substation area. the sheriff's department says a high-powered rifle was used to fire multiple rounds at multiple transformers and equipment.
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>> we believe that the perpetrator or perpetrators were familiar with systems. they knew where to go for the fiber optic. they knew where to cut. they also were able to take out some very, very critical parts of the pg&e substation. >> reporter: both incidents happened within a half mile of each other. at&t will have staff working overnight to restore the power. they hope to have it fully restored at the latest by tomorrow morning. we're live in south san jose. i'm arturo santiago, nbc bay area news. a significant day for the suspects in the audr rchlaudrie case. the three went before a judge today for a detention hearing but all parties were reminded of the confidentiality surrounding this case. kris sanchez joins us live from san jose. i understand we know very little what happened inside because it has to remain confidential.
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>> reporter: it has to remain confidential just because the boys are minors. and though they're accused of felony sexual assault and harassment, their rights have to be protected. that means the public nor the press were allowed in and even the d.a.'s office is prohibited by law from talking about it. the family of audrie pott arrived for the detention hearing of the three suspects accused of sexually assaulting the 15-year-old. the hearing came one day after the pott family held a press conference to announce they filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the suspects in civil court. the suit claims that the boys drove audrie to suicide after sexually assaulting her and taking pictures and showed them around school. her mother pleaded for the teens to be tried as adults. >> sexual crimes are not juvenile. sexual assault is an adult crime. these boys distributed the pictures to humiliate and further bully my daughter. >> reporter: the family
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spokesman thanked the public for its support had little else to say. >> everything in there has to be confidential. >> reporter: the district attorney's office also declined comment on this case citing confidentiali confidentiality. however, the attorney did clarify there are some juvenile offenses that are open to the public by law. >> the public case might include a forcible sexual offense, such as forcible rape, forcible sodomy. other sexual offenses don't appear on that list, such as when one is incapacity tatd, or unconscious. >> today the judge said the case is to remain confidential. the pott family cancelled an interview with nbc news after today's hearing. only one of the three suspects' lawyers returned my calls and all the attorney would say is, quote, i believe the appropriate place for this to be adjudicated is in the juvenile court. now, if eventually the boys are tried as adults, all of this becomes public. if not, it remains in the
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juvenile court system and that means it is confidential and that includes the eventually punishment, if there is any. kris sanchez, nbc bay area news. tonight san jose fire investigators are trying to find the cause of a house fire that killed a 7-year-old girl and burned her 4-year-old sister. mariah angel gomez is a first grader at grant elementary school. she died in the fire which started just before 11:30 last night. mariah, her sister and mother lived in a small room behind this home on north 5th street. fire officials say the girl's great grandfather managed to save the 4-year-old but could not save mariah. the 4-year-old child is being treated for burn. there's no word on her exact condition. we've been watching another breezy day around the bay area. if you're going to head out to the ballpark in oakland this evening, we'll see temperatures dropping into the 50s. you might notice the clouds to the east dropping snow in the sierra and we'll have 30s in the bay area tonight. we'll talk about that in the forecast coming up.
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>> reporter: i'm scott budman with what could be a rare retail success story in downtown san jose. that story is next. defying the odds. our bay area proud focuses on a group of san jose high schoolers going where no one expected them to go, except for the young teacher leading the way. and the woman who captured this amazing video of the explosions in boston is talking about what she saw. her story right after the break. [ female announcer ] safeway presents
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developing news now out of oakland where police chief howard jordan is about to make what he calls a major announcement in the investigation into the shooting death of a south bay paramedic. you're looking at a live picture of the podium where howard jordan is expected in a few minutes. we're talking about paramedic quinn boyer. he was shot in the head while driving in the oakland hills back on april 2nd moments after being shot his car careened down
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the side of the hill. boyer was rushed to the hospital where he died a few days later. the paramedic had just dropped off his dad when that shooting happened. police didn't row veal a motive in the case but did reveal the suspect car. this happened in the days after that attack. our cheryl hurd is at that news conference and of course she'll have a live report coming up on nbc bay area news at 6:00. continuing now with our coverage of the terror in boston, this video shot by a woman named jennifer treacy who said she was running in hur first marathon and wanted to capture what coming to the finish looked like. you can see how close she was to one of the explosions. jennifer said her first thought was her family. they had waved at her earlier in the race and were trying to beat her to the finish line. >> they saw me on mile 22. i know they were headed to the finish line because ou point was to meet there so i did not know where they were. fortunately they were on the tee, which is the train, like
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their subway system. so they were on the train when the bomb went off. >> the boston police department is asking people to turn in any video that was shot at any point of the race. they are looking to find any sort of clues that could lead them to an arrest. a shot in the arm for the south bay retailing scene and one it could certain low use. after several years of struggling, downtown san jose seems to have a hit on its hands. our business and tech reporter scott budman is there as the doors opened this morning. he was already shopping, right? >> reporter: you bet, jessica. you're right, this area certainly could use a hit. lots of tech success in san jose, but as far as the downtown part of the city goes, not a whole lot of retail success. but, as you mentioned, as of this morning, muji has moved in. it's a japanese retailer specializing in moderately priced clothing and housewares. it opened today to big crowds. this is the third muji store to open in the united states. after bringing lots of shoppers to its san francisco location, it decided to open a store here
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in the south bay. >> well, i definitely save a lot of -- a lot of time, you know, driving up to sf is pretty far, so yes, it's convenient for me and my friends. >> this is fabulous because muji appeals to modern urban people who want to buy housewares and clothing and stationary, things we need in our regular lives. >> reporter: yeah, very, very optimistic city officials there from san jose. so far day one was full of shoppers. many who told us that they knew of muji but were unable to shop there because it wasn't local. now that it is here, store officials tell us they are very likely to open up more stores here in the bay area, and they will staff them with local employees. reporting live in downtown san jose, scott budman, nbc bay area news. >> scott's beat is business and technology. just over a week ago he covered the first robotics competition in san jose.
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it's where some of the best and brightest high schoolers show off what they can really do. >> a lot of them come from schools you'd expect but one rookie team came out of nowhere and you won't believe where they are headed next. our gavin thomas picks up the story and talks about our bay area proud series. >> reporter: when mikayla brant walked into apollo high school on her first ever day as a teacher, she said she had one goal, not get eaten alive. apollo is a continuation school, the place for students who weren't doing well or going at all to their regular high school. the kids though, mikayla says, surprised her and together they're surprising a lot of others. their accomplishment is tonight's "bay area proud." >> reporter: the very first, first robotics competition was held more than 20 years ago, which means a lot of the teams at this month's regional in san jose have lots of experience. >> the robot in charge of the pneumatic pressure.
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>> reporter: the apollo high school illuminators are not one of them. >> we're rookies. >> reporter: still, calling this team of first-timers rookies doesn't begin to tell their story. take aisha velasquez. she said six months ago if you showed her a screw, she hit it with a hammer. >> this ain't going to work. i don't know what i'm doing. >> reporter: they sure look like what they're doing now, thanks in large part to their teacher, coach and mentor, mikayla brand. >> it's freaking awesome. >> it's fun now. >> reporter: she is a 24-year-old first-year science teacher with a track record in robotics and a way with these kids. >> 1, 2, 3, illuminators. >> the age gap difference is not as great between us, and i think i can keep it real with them. >> reporter: mikayla came to apollo with a long-term goal of introducing robotics to the
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school, but barely a month into the job, she sprung the idea on the administrators and the students. suddenly kids who not long ago flat out weren't going to school were now spending hours after school. >> the team has put in 3,000 hours. and i think they're making better choices. >> reporter: the results are crystal clear. in their first two competitions, the illuminators swept the rookie category, not only qualifying for nationals later this month, but bringing pride and something else back to their school. >> they are actually planning on building a trophy case for the school. we didn't have one because we never had a trophy. >> reporter: growing their confidence, not just in science, but elsewhere. >> just because someone hasn't succeeded before in life doesn't mean that they can't if you give them an opportunity, and i think that's really what our team's about. >> a lot of the teams in these
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competitions have sponsors and the apollo team was no different. the local office of microsoft was instrumental in providing guidance and funding to get the robotics team up and running and obviously great success. they go to the championships in st. louis on april 26th and 27th. >> they need a big spotlight on that trophy. >> congratulations to them. thank you very much. a little breezy today, but some sunshine. let's check in with rob mayeda. how's it going, rob? >> right now we are seeing a little bit of both. 59 degrees in san francisco and san mateo, 66 in san jose. also 66 at livermore. so for now we've got north winds across the north bay valley actually bringing in relatively cool and drier air to the bay area. once we get the dry air settling on in, that is setting the stage for a chilly night tonight. some places out in the north bay, inland valleys could be in the upper 30s by tomorrow morning, so a chilly start, sunny finish. the long-term forecast will bring a preview of summer our way. you might have noticed if you looked off to the east the big
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clouds building over the sierra. not much in the way of cloud cover around the south bay. most of the action still off to the east where they have seen some snow showers at times around lake tahoe. so hour by hour through the evening, some of those cloud buildups, north of santa rosa dropping down to the south and a few around the santa cruz mountains. but not much in the way of low clouds on the coast and enclosure skies inland. so without any clouds overnight, they tend to act like a blanket and keep our overnight temperatures up. clear skies, rapid cooling tonight. you will notice it as you step outside. 40s and 50s as early as 9:00. as you wake up tomorrow morning, 30s and 40s for many of our inland valleys tomorrow. some patchy frost is possible in some of those north bay valleys. 71, we'll warm up nicely tomorrow around san jose. tri-valley should see mid-70s. even oakland looking pretty good, 70 degrees for tomorrow, 60s for san francisco and the real warmup kicks in as we head into thursday and friday. now we're talking some temperatures getting close to 80
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degrees inland as we wrap up the workweek. from there things heat up even more now. looks like the warmest weather the next seven days arriving to finish off the weekend. could see highs as warm as the mid-80s. soon the winter chill will have moved on and athe weekend looks very nice, even out tont coast. 70s on the coastline. coming up, news for women concerned about their risk for breast cancer. drugs they could take to lower their chance of developing that disease. look at them kids. [ sigh ]
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they have no idea what it was like before u-verse high speed internet. yeah, you couldn't just stream movies to a device like that. one time, i had to wait half a day to watch a movie. you watched movies?! i was lucky if i could watch a show. show?! man, i was happy to see a sneezing panda clip! trevor, have you eaten today? you sound a little grumpy.
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[ laughter ] [ male announcer ] connect all your wi-fi-enabled devices with u-verse high speed internet. rethink possible. in health matters tonight, women who have a high risk for breast cancer may benefit from drugs that block estrogen. studies show about 7% of women who took the drugs eventually got breast cancer. however, more than 20% of women who did not take the drugs eventually got cancer.
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experts say the drugs have big side effects, though, like blood clots and potential hot flashes. so women who are not at high risk for breast cancer should not be advised to take them. making certain housing smoke-free could save half a billion dollars a year. the centers for disease control looked at cost-saving options for public housing. the majority of the savings would come from lower health care costs because there would be less secondhand smoke. there would also be fewer smoke-related fires and renovations. we'll be right back with more news.
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okay. look at the right side of your screen. 78-year-old bill iffrig falling to the ground. he's from lake stevens, washington, near seattle. he was about to finish his third boston marathon when the bomb went off. >> this tremendous explosion, sounded like a bomb went off right next to me. the shock waves just hit my whole body. >> bill got away with just a scrape on the knee, but we are thinking about all the victims in boston. more next on nightly news. on the broadcast tonight from boston, the toll of the dead and wounded from this city trying to recover from a terrorist bombing. tonight, we have the latest available information on the investigation so far including what exploded, the devices themselves and the cruel design behind them. also tonight, the deaths of the innocent victims and the stories emerging from a disastrous day. our special coverage, "nbc nightly news" from boston begins now.
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>> announcer: "terror in boston." this is "nbc nightly news with brian williams" reporting tonight from boston. >> well, good evening from boston, just a few blocks from where the explosions rocked the finish line at the boston marathon yesterday. it was a shocking event in the life of this city. today receiving, of course, widespread coverage as yet another terrorist incident in our post-9/11 era. here's where the toll stands tonight. three dead, 176 injured, 71 people are still hospitalized. 24 of them in critical condition. among the dead, a boston university grad student, an 8-year-old boy, martin richard, from dorchester and 29-year-old krystle campbell. we learned today the president will be coming here on thursday for an interfaith service. at the white house today flags
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were at half-staff, and we heard again from the president who, for the first time, used the word "terrorism" to describe what happened here. >> the fbi is investigating it as an act of terrorism. anytime bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror. >> reporter: the president in the white house briefing room earlier today. and as late as tonight, still no idea as to who did this or why. but we have a better idea as to what was detonated here in boston. nbc's pete williams has been following the investigation in d.c. all day. pete, good evening. >> brian, good evening. still so many questions, but one has been answered, how many explosive devices were left at the scene. that answer is two. and officials describe them as crudely made but effectively used. and as of tonight, no suspects, no idea who did it or why. >> reporter: investigators have begun the process of recovering tiny pieces of the bombs to learn how they were made.

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